Top civil servants fear Jeremy Corbyn could be too frail to become prime minister, it was reported last night.
Mandarins discussed the Labour leader’s future at an event this month as rumours mount that he is ‘losing his memory’, where one went as far to say that the 70-year-old was ‘not firing on all cylinders’.
They are increasing worried about the prospect of Mr Corbyn becoming prime minister because he is ‘propped up’ by his advisers, according to the reports.
© PA Wire/PA Images Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a Together for Education rally at Central Hall Westminster in London. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)One senior civil servant told The Times: ‘When does someone say [he] is too ill to carry on as leader of the Labour Party let alone prime minister?… He is not functioning on all cylinders.’
Another said: ‘There is a real worry that the Labour leader isn’t up to the job physically or mentally but is being propped up by those around him.
‘There’s growing concern that he’s too frail and is losing his memory. He’s not in charge of his own party.’
Another well-connected adviser told The Times: ‘We have heard he has had a ministroke about two to three months ago.’
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mandarins discussed the Labour leader’s future at an event this month as rumours mount that he is ‘losing his memory’. Mr Corbyn is seen outside his home on April 17It comes as insiders report a ‘toxic atmosphere’ in Labour – with at least eight former members of staff signing gagging orders forbidding them from discussing their experiences of working for the party.
Several sources complained to The Times about the behaviour of Karie Murphy, Mr Corbyn’s chief of staff.
One visitor to Mr Corbyn’s office described being ‘jabbed in the chest’ by her, while an official who had fallen out of favour returned to find their desk had been moved.
Others described concerns the party was being controlled by the likes of Murphy, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Mr Corbyn’s spin doctor Seamus Milne rather than the leader himself.
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One senior civil servant went as far as to say Mr Corbyn, 70, is not firing ‘on all cylinders’. He is seen at the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast on April 24
The decision to expel Alistair Campbell for voting Lib Dem was taken without his approval, according to one of his friends.
A Labour Party spokesman said My Corbyn is in good health and led an active life, including regular running and cycling.
The spokesman also said the suggestion Mr Corbyn was not the man in charge was laughable and ‘demonstrably false’.
Yesterday, Mr Corbyn raised eyebrows when he shut his wife in the porch of his north London home in a rush to avoid the photographers outside.